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This is a book which will encourage the frustrated speller to enjoy the oddities of the English language. In an attempt to answer the vexed question "Why on earth is it spelt like that?", explanations are provided for the peculiar spelling of many words in everyday use (e.g. was; would; money; right; laugh). At the same time, the book pieces together a rough history of the English language, highlighting along the way some fascinating facts about the origins of familiar words; place-names; the alphabet and printing; foreign words in English and much more. Some practical exercises are included which are fun to do and give experience of the way words work.
A Speller's Companion has attracted a very wide readership both within education and amongst the general public. Anyone who has acquired some confidence at reading could dip into this book and find something in its pages to interest and entertain them.
|ISBN / EAN||9781904874041|
|Author||Margaret & Hugh Brown|
|Publisher||Brown & Brown|
I used "A Speller's Companion" with a class of 12 to 13-year-old girls. They loved it ! The same books are also used by 6th Formers in the School studying A-level English Language.
"A Speller's Companion" is proving to be very popular and has motivated a couple of students. One of them borrowed my copy and is working his way through it - the first book he has ever read !! Brilliant !